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Tech News Today 135: Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

by TWiT

Published December 10, 2010


Pirates help Warner sell stuff, the Level 3-Comcast dispute explained, Kinect air guitar, and more.


Run time 45:32
Producer TWiT
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

Credits

Tom Merritt
Will Harris
Mark Turpin
Jason Howell

Segments

Top Stories

November great for Black Ops, good for everyone but Sony
NPD: Kinect Helps Boost Microsoft Xbox 360 November Sales

Time to get the feds involved in 'Net peering and transit ruckus?
AT&T Joins Comcast on Level 3’s Enemies List
Peering problems: digging into the Comcast/Level 3 grudgematch

OpenLeaks to mimic WikiLeaks—minus the "political agenda"
Wikileaks: Anonymous stops dropping DDoS bombs, starts dropping science
Operation: Payback changes course, may be fizzling out
Anonymous Wikileaks supporters mull change in tactics
Report: After WikiLeaks, Pentagon Bans Removable Devices
Boing Boing Exclusive: Wikileaks drops major bombshell
Thanks to CiphersSon who pointed out CableGateRoulette to us


Discussion Stories

Connecticut Seeks Street View Data Gathered by Google

Warner Bros.’ Newest Consumer Segment: Pirates

Sprint to Sell 4G Tablet Next Year
T-Mobile says it'll launch '4G' tablets in 2011

Cheap 3D Fab Could Start an Innovation Renaissance


News Fuse

Well the old iPad has been out for some 8 months or so now, so it's high time we begin gorging ourselves on new iPad rumours. Hot on the heels of yesterday's shadowy iPad cases with camera holes comes Reuters report Chinese suppliers claim an iPad with front and back cameras that is slimmer and lighter will come out in April.

Trust no one! Good advice for undead-- and operating systems. Google's Chrome OS chiefs explain in Technology Review that Chrome doesn't trust applications, or users and neither can modify the system. This means malware can't fool the system into doing things it shouldn't, making security and usability much better.

So what if they're last place, Sony's got guns! Sony unveiled a Sharp Shooter attachment for the Sony Move which features a machine-gun design and holds both the Move motion controller and the separate Navigation controller. The mostly gray attachment offers "easily accessible buttons, a responsive digital trigger, adjustable shoulder stock, and convenient access to the Navigation controller.

The staring contest between Oracle and Apache over the fate of the javascript programming language just ended, and Oracle blinked. Oracle has asked the Apache Software Foundation to reconsider its decision to quit the Java SE/EE Executive Committee. "Give us a reason why the ASF should reconsider other than 'please,'" ASF president Jim Jagielski said in a Twitter post Thursday.

DoubleClick, the Google-owned ad technology, has been distributing malware in an online ad, served through a number of websites, according to a security researcher. The malware infects users who visit a page where an infected banner ad for Target is displayed. Users don’t even have to click on the ad to be infected, they just have to visit a website when the ad appears on the page.

Drunk dialing from Germany may get cheaper! The European Commission announced plans to eradicate roaming charges by 2015. In a consultation paper launched yesterday, the EC invited consumers, businesses, telecom operators and public authorities to evaluate the EU's existing roaming rules, and to share their ideas on the best ways to boost competition in roaming services.

The internet got a little more secure today after global registry VeriSign announced the deployment of DNSSec for the .net domain, the largest yet to become enabled with the security technology. DNSSec is a key upgrade to the internet designed to protect against man-in-the-middle and other DNS attacks. The first TLD to deploy it was .org in June.

Owners of several security sites have discovered huge bumps in traffic from Iran, as the country tries to deal with Stuxnet. 'Our traffic from Iran has really spiked,' said a corporate officer who asked that neither he nor his company be named. 'Iran now represents 14.9 percent of total traffic, surpassing the United States with a total of 12.1 percent.' Iran says they have the problem under control.

Kickers and Weird Science

Kinect meets its maker with new air guitar hack (video)

Calendar

Mozilla rolls out Firefox and Thunderbird updates

December 2010 Patch Tuesday will come with most bulletins ever

Facebook's Hacker Cup opens to entries Dec. 20

Microsoft set to detail second Windows Phone update at Mobile World Congress in February - Microsoft is expected to open up several new APIs that will allow for greater multi-tasking, in-app downloads and better customization for end users. sources told WinRumours

Be a part of TNT this holiday season!

Voicemail

Anonymous unboxing of the MIC Steve Jobs figurine

Google Web App Store

Email

"Hey Tom,

I've got one point for you: OS agnosticism. When you buy a web app, it works the same on any OS.


rinbrand

Rinus (rhymes with Guinness) Brand (rhymes with runt)"

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